Miss Laughland, Manufacturing Furrier, 16, Bridge Street.—
A celebrated house in the fur trade is that of Miss Laughland, which was established over thirty years ago at 12, Abbey Street, Paisley, the present premises having been occupied since 1882. The showroom is situated on the first floor, and contains numerous rare specimens of manufactured furs, cured, dressed, and dyed on the premises.
The operations of the house embrace the entire process of fur manufacture, including the curing of birds’ skins, cleaning and dressing feathers, and the general curing and renovation of all kinds of furs. The great speciality for which the house has an unprecedented reputation consists in the dyeing and cleaning of sealskins, made-up or otherwise, which is recognised as the most difficult branch of the furrier’s art. An accomplished working staff is permanently employed, and the stock and premises are kept in thorough business-like order. A well-established trade is conducted among the residents in the neighbourhood and other parts of the city.
Historic fame is attached to this house from the fact that at the time of the French Revolution Miss Laughland’s grandfather came to this country, and was the first person to introduce the fine art of tanning and dressing furs and skins, and especially glove-making. In fact, the “Poke” glove gains its title from a corruption of his name — which was “Pollock” — he being the first manufacturer of such a glove.
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